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. welcome to "today" on a sunday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. the big story is casey antany gone free after 1,006 days in jail and 12 days after a jury found her not guilty of murdering her daughter, caylee, casey anthony is a free woman. >> this is the scene. casey appears to say thank you to one of the law enforcement officers before she is led out the door by her attorney. kristen dahlgren was there and she joins us live from orlando with the latest. kristen, good morning. >> good morning, lester. well, news choppers lost sight of casey anthony's suv last night so we don't know where she is, other than for the first time in almost three years she's not waking up here at the orange county jail. you can probably hear some protesters are still here. with all the protest and publicity, so much talk about using decoys or sneaking out a back door. in the end, she walked right out the jail's front door. just minutes after midnight, a first glimpse at casey anthony free woman. in a bright pink shirt and showing little emotion, she and her attorney, jose baez, wasted no time. >> she wa
and really just ready for a big, big concert. matt? >> i tell you, al, this represents this morning, the motorcade had to actually move these people out of the way. anyway, we'll get back to you in a couple of minutes. >>> meanwhile, there has been a major development in the ongoing budget negotiations. president obama suspended the talks for the today. we'll tell you why and we'll talk to one of the senators who has been inside the negotiating room all week long. >> that's right. and also casey anthony is going to be released this sunday. and -- from prison. authorities are becoming increasingly concerned for her safety and we're live at the jail this morning with details on that story. >>> remember the photo we showed you earlier this week of that massive 18-foot long crocodile, the saltwater croc? a lot of people thought this was a doctor'd photograph. you can believe it's real. we went in search of that beast and we found him. >>> let's begin with that breaking news over night in boston where two delta planes collided. nbc's tom costello covers aviation for us in washington. goo
celebrating outside. july 4th is one big party. >> it has special meaning in my family. i became a u.s. citizen 25 years ago on the fourth of july. >> and it's hot out there. take a look at the deep red. we're seeing blazing temperatures. it's going to continue on the fourth. more coming up in the show. >> and officials are rush to clean up a pipeline leak in the yellow river. >>> and monkey new, on t t loose, and going o o an adventue across new jersey. he's fine, he's just tranquil liezed. that's coming up as well. >>> we begin with the casey anthony trial. her fate could be in the hands of the jury later today. abc's yunji de nies where the closing arguments taking place this morning. good morning, yunji. wrt good morning, dan. it call comes down to this. each side has a chance to make their final arguments before jurors decide between life and death for this young woman. this is it after six long weeks, today is the today the lawyers present final arguments to the jury, arguments that determine casey anthony's future. >> jurors will probably find her responsible for the death of
to be a very busy place. we got the folk line festival under way behind me, also the big fireworks show they're getting ready for on monday. two concerts on the steps of the capitol, also at the washington monument. but from coast to coast, we're talking beaches and barbecues and camping and celebration. july 1st and the 2011 great escape is on. ♪ hot fun in the summertime >> reporter: from yosemite in the west. >> i like the girls the best. >> reporter: aaa says 39 million americans will travel 59 miles or more this long weekend. that's 1 million fewer than last year. >> reporter: you can blame the pain at pump. the national average for unleaded now $3.54 a gallon, down from the high of $3.98 on may 4th. but still 80 cents higher than a year ago. >> it's still tough because we're still kind of transitioning from how high the gas prices were so we've got in the habit of not traveling as much. >> reporter: the big surprise? while fewer people are driving than a year ago, more people are flying. air travel is up 9% this summer. >> for some people, it actually may be more convenient and cheap
'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. two big breaking news stories to get to this morning. we want to begin with casey anthony. after 1,006 days in jail and just 12 days after a jury found her not guilty of murdering her daughter, caylee, casey anthony is a free woman. >> this is the seen from inside the orange county jail in orlando at the moment she was being escorted out of the facility. she appears to say thank you to one of the law enforcement officers before she's led out the door by her attorney and facing a pretty angry crowd. nbc's kristin dahlgren was there and joins us live with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. news choppers lost sight of casey anthony's suv so this morning we don't know exactly where she is. for the first time in three years she's not waking up here at the orange county jail. you can probably hear protesters are still here. with all of the protests, all of the publicity, there was so much talk about using decoys or casey anthony sneaking out a back door. in the end, she walked right out the jail's front door. just minutes after midnight, a first glimpse at
by natural disaster and nuclear calamities a big reason to smile, "today," monday, july 18th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to "today" on this monday morning. i'm ann curry. >> and i'm lester holt in for matt. i think we both watched that match yesterday. you've got to feel good about the u.s. team. we were disappointed, but what a performance they put on and what a great thing they did for american soccer. >> that's right. for women's soccer, particularly, bringing it to a new level of cool. men and boys, women and girls, nationwide, watching them play. i think that they're winners in that regard. >> and the japanese certainly have something to feel good about after a really rough year. and i love the fact they thanked the world for the support they have had. >> and they continue to thank, actually, after every game. so it's a pretty exciting bit. >>> in the meantime, another major story, the fact of this heatwave. millions of americans are sweltering in this dangerous heat and humidity today. how long will it last? how bad will it be? well, al has the fore
doesn't matter. a lost season is a big deal. >>> tight lipped about any emergency surgery and now an admission from venezuelan president hugo chavez. in a televised appearance yesterday, chavez says that doctors in cuba operated on him to remove a cancerous tumor in june. there's no word yet on when he will return to venezuela but speculation surrounded his health after he canceled a high-profile summit of latin american leaders slated for this month. >>> in japan the government is recommending more evacuations from the area around the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. officials say 113 additional households should evacuate from four districts now considered radiation hot spots. that's far beyond the mandatory exclusion zone set up for 20 kilometers around the fukushima reactors. >>> on the run since 2005, and on the 15 most wanted fugitive list since june, alleged drug kingpin keith hasson arrested in los angeles yesterday. he's suspected of masterminding a nationwide cocaine and marijuana ring which raked in more than $20 million. he's also wanted on an open indictment in n
that are somber and serious, it's celebratory, one big party. >> it has special meaning in my family. we became u.s. citizens 25 years ago today on july 4th. >> to me it's a holiday, to you it's really meaningful. >> we'll have barbecues and hamburgers. we know it's hot out there. look at the deep red. blazing temperatures across the south and west today. we could see new records. it's going to continue well into the fourth. more coming up in the show. >>> cleanup crews racing to contain an oil spril not far from one of the nation's premier national parks, when a pipeline running over the yellowstone river ruptured. >>> and some monkey business to get to this morning. a baboon on the loose, escaping from an amusement park and going on a great adventure around new jersey for a couple of days. the baboon is fine, just tranquilized there. we'll get into his harrowing story coming up as well. >>> we begin with the casey anthony trial. her fate could be in the hands of the jury later today. six weeks and more than 80 witnesses later, that murder trial is finally wrapping up. abc's yunji de nies is in
-packard is trying to make a big splash with its new touch pad tablet computer. you can find the touch pad in stores today. "usa today's" ed banks says it has too few apps, also too many glitches, but he did find real positives. >> the standout feature here is web os. that's hp's operating system originally developed for the palm prix. uses a playing card metaphor. where all the apps and tasks you're running appear as playing cards. when you're done you flick i i off the screen. it's easy to switch among them. it makes multi-tasking a breeze. >> hp is deploying workers to best buy stores to demonstrate how to operate the touch padad >>> smaller regional chains fare better than nationally known giants in "consumer repopos" new ranking of fast food restaurants. mcdonald's burgers came in dead last. the survey said in and out had the best burgers, chick-fil-a had the best chicken, chipotle had the best mexican food. is it wrong that story made me hungry? >> mcdonald's fries, got to say. >>> coming up next, never before seen images from the wreck of the "titanic." >>> not what you'd expect to find or wa
and what doesn't get paid. another big story right now, a massive and dangerous heat wave is gripping much of the nation. here's how it looks and feels across the country. take a look at the red quarter. temperatures expected to reach 104 degrees in parts of texas today, in the southeast, temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and more than just uncomfortable, it's dangerous. heat has already claimed the life of at least one person in illinois and adding to that, the heat is causing drought conditions in the deep south to intensify. also this morning, hundreds of thousands still without power in the chicago area after strong thunderstorms rolled through. officials warn the power there might not be back on until saturday. let's go live to rob marciano outdoors this morning, silly rob, in atlanta's piedmont park. sun still not up, so it's still probably manageable there. but a lot of the south waking up this morning to 80 degrees overnight or higher. >> yeah. that's the thing. really hasn't cooled down much overnight, ali. even if you're out before the sun comes up you're still fee
. >> really big shock. it was a really big shock. >> reporter: the commuter jet which was heading to north carolina suffered major damage to its tail and horizontal stabilizer and the collision came as a rude awaken for one of its passengers. >> i was half asleep. the next thing you know there is a bang. and we all wondered what happened. the pilot came on and said we've been clip bedity plane behind us. >> reporter: even the air traffic controller on duty could not believe what happened. >> did he hit you with his tail, with his wing? >> absolutely he did. >> reporter: a similar incident happened in april at new york's jfk airport when a large air france a-380 hit the tail of a much smaller jet giving it a traumatic spin. an investigation is under way to determine what caused this delta flight to ram into the jet in boston. but for now, passengers are praising delta staffers for their response to the incident. >> i think they responded pretty well. they told us everybody remain calm and they will have somebody come out and take care of us quickly and asked if anybody was hurt. luckily mos
. >>> plus, a warning to parents. backyard trampolines are becoming very popular but they also come with big safety concerns. coming up, one family shares their cautionary story. >>> we're going to meet a newborn so big doctors have already given him a nickname, the moose. at more than 16 pounds, jamichael brown could be the largest baby ever born in texas. everything is bigger in texas. he's going to join us along with his proud parents. >>> let's begin this morning with our top story. the debt ceiling standoff in washington. kristen, good morning. >> good morning to you, ann. president obama met with congressional leaders on sunday to try to get a deal done. that didn't happen. in fact, one official with knowledge of the discussion tells me it was a bit tense. lawmakers are hoping to get a deal done within the next ten days so it can be processed by that august 2nd deadline. their ties were off but the heat was on as the president and congressional leaders met sunday for a second time in less than a week to try to salvage the deal to raise the debt limit. when a reporter asked if a deal co
out whether they want to continue to push for big deficit reduction or whether they want to pull back and punt to the next election. >> it seems as i sort of alluded these are two guys, boehner and obama who might like each other, ideology aside. is there a sense they could have worked out a deal if not for the extremists in their parties and what are you hearing? what's the buzz this weekend at camp david? is that giving people some hope? >> you know, as diylan said the darkest night is right before the dawn. i don't think we'll see much hope for the few days. the boehner/obama relationship, in the absence if they had stronger control over their bases, president obama is in a much stronger position than boehner is, they could have had a deal. it's not just ideological extremists. it's an issue of a culture in washington affirmed over the last three elections, you get elected by shouting no compromise, you get elected saying i am going to fight for what i believe and not going to bend on that and bending is the whole problem and that's what both parties are dealing with. it's not just
, and maria. big congratulations to all of them. >> great to see that. al has the morning off. let's get the weather al has the morning off. let's get the weather from maria la rosa. what's the holiday forecast of you know what, a great july 4th for a lot of people, a typical july day. some showers and thunderstorms expected across the tennessee, ohio valleys, parts of the southeast as well and across the west, lots of sunshine. let's see how it's going to impact fireworks displays tonight. your evening forecast showing a few areas of showers and thunderstorms again in the tennessee southeast, tennessee valley in the southeast, also the northern plains. of course the big shork the macy's fireworks tonight temperatures should be 80 degrees with clear skies. that's a look at weather across the country. here is what you can expect. >> here is the sky over the mall. quite a bit of cloudiness, a little sunshine beginning to break out. by 9:00 near 80 and upper 80s near 90 by midafternoon, a little sun. late afternoon into the evening unfortunately we do the possibility of passing thunderstorm
so we've got in the habit of not traveling as much. >> reporter: the big surprise? while fewer people are driving than a year ago, more people are flying. air travel is up 9% this summer. >> for some people, it actually may be more convenient and cheaper to fly than to drive this year. >> reporter: and airline ticket prices are also up, 11% on average. >> we're cutting back on trips and staying home more. >> it is a pretty exciting trip. the first time that anna and i have ever been anywhere together on a trip like this over the big pond. ♪ >> reporter: the top family destination this summer -- orlando. the top destinations for singles and couples -- las vegas, new york, chicago, and seattle. the good news? experts say there are plenty of flexible hotel deals out there, especially orlando, reno, portland, seattle and colorado. >> free nights, free room upgrades, kids stay free, resort credits. take advantage of all of those offerings to offset higher gas prices and higher airfares. >> reporter: back on the maryland shore, a yearly ritual -- >> every year i bring my kids here just to
for free agency and big-money contracts for players. >>> and baltimore remembers another notable figure. tonight, vincent rallo is remembered. he took over an italian restaurant for his father. the local landmark is known for its breakfast and large portions. vincent rallo was 79. >>> the parents of a teenager killed in a baltimore city park, want to make sure it never happens again. their 14-year-old daughter was electrocuted when she touched a metal fence. a new regulation could keep electricity in check. >> reporter: well, tonight, the green family is urging city, state and private companies companies to continuously check for contact voltage. >> reporter: four years ago, deanna green touched a fence in druid hill park. an exposed electrical wire was touching the fence underground. 227 volts traveled through her body, killing her. now, her parents are intent on having the city take action. with the regulation in the 14- year-old's dame -- name. >> the deanna green rule would work to have surveys done of the baltimore, maryland area to find the stray contact electricity. >> reporter:
the big names on the left and the right from paul crewingman to alan greenspan to the chamber of commerce all say missing the deadline would be suicidal. yet both sides have been playing chicken on the issue for months. tonight house minority leader erik cantor against making any revenue increases as part of a debt deal said he might be willing to talk about closing some tax loopholes. he the rest of the gop leadership and their democratic counterparts on call to meet with president obama tomorrow at the white house. some breaking news there, the "washington post" just now moving a story reporting on a possible big concession the president might put on the table. the post reporting he will for the first time offer up significant savings in social security. the newspaper sourcing it to people in both parties with knowledge of the president's proposal. in any case, today mr. obama called on both sides to get moving. >> congress has a responsibility to make sure we pay our bills. we've always paid them in the past. the notion that u.s. is going to default on its debt is just irresponsible. a
. >> so many rumors and reports have clouded the last fwo two weeks. talk of a big argument, in which sources say charlene ran for the airport. another woman is claiming to have a child out of wed lock with albert. he has two, but the palace denies this. charlene, obviously, is staying. >> she said yes. >> yes. maybe it's not sure. >> still one more day. >> yes. >> i like the prince, and i like all of them, and they look happy. >> thank you very much to all our friends from around the world. fwloo it was a day for their royal subjects to remember. the couple invited every citizen. more than 7,000 to an outdoor party, a very euro concert, sinthesizers blaze and a brilliant light and fireworks display. the couple even looked like they were having a little fun at times. and today will be theirs. with monaco hoping the new sur even line esprincess charlene will remain surine here always. >> viva monaco. >> so today they get to do the big walk down the aisle. the bride will wear armani, 3,500 guests, an american soprano will perform. there will be crowned heads, super stars, super models,
a controversial last choice option to end the stalemate. >>> how big was it? word this morning the number of possible victims involved in that hacking scandal in britain could be in the thousands. this morning one celebrity who says he was a target, hugh grant, speaks out in a live interview. >>> and we need aboat. a huge 18-foot-long saltwater crocodile leaps out of the river to the delight and terror of tourists. and the photographer who took the picture says it's no croc d the picture says it's no croc d day. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry. boy, the gloves are off in washington. the move could be more today because the president and top congressional leaders are going to go back to the negotiating table yet again. >> that's right. the republicans were not at all happy with the president's comment on tuesday. now senator mitch mcconnell has offered that last chance option. we're going to tell you what he is offering straight ahead. >>> also this morning matt, it was a deadly cras
for big businesses. >> if everybody else is willing to take on their sacred cows, i think it would be hard for the republicans to stand there and say that the tax break for corporate jets is sufficiently important. >> reporter: republican senator john cornyn fired back. >> what i'm concerned about is the president by not seriously putting a proposal forward but rather just criticizing those who have, will run it up against the deadline. >> reporter: meanwhile the people vying for the president's jobber were also hard at work this weekend. former utah governor jon huntsman barn stormed in new hampshire, which hosts the nation's first primary. minnesota representative michele bachmann was out in full force in iowa, six weeks ahead of the state's straw poll. she is running neck and neck with presumed front runner mitt romney, according to a recent state poll, and this weekend she tried to build on that nmomentu. lesser known candidate businessman herman cain, also tried to shore up support in the hawk why state, stumping at a godfather pizza, the company he used to run. the seoul african-amer
commitment to big government. what they would like to see is the government sweated down. that's the point they've been trying to make. and there are honest differences and people have a very different view of what kind of society we ought to live in. >> but at a certain point, david, when there was a big deal on the table, and if as you say the president could have brought nancy pelosi along, and i agree with you i think he could have, the republicans would have gotten a great deficit reduction deal if they hadn't committed to the no tax pledge, right? >> but gloria, asking any party to commit to a $1 trillion of tax increases is an awful big lift for a party that is all along stood for lower taxes. and when they also feel a lot of these cuts are going to turn out to be illusory. their experience in the past they sign onto the bargains and they feel the democrats eventually wind up getting what they wanted and what they were promised never materializes. >> but there's a big difference between that and nothing. you know? a big difference. [ overlapping speakers ] >> where do you see the mi
be drawn there from. now, the big question is will the defense bring up again those claims that casey anthony was molested by her father and brother to explain her behavior and her lying regardless of the fact we've heard little evidence to support these claims. this, we will hear tomorrow. >> and with the rebuttle case, who did they call to the stand? >> we know that one of the most important pieces for the state's case is to prove that this was a premeditated murder. the premeditation charge was challenged when we heard cindy anthony on the stand last week saying that she was reasonable for searching chloroform, neck breaking and a series of other rather incriminating items on the household computer and so, the prosecution brought in yesterday a series of witnesses, one of which was an officer at her company who could prove according to her time sheets, that she was at work and not at home when those suspicious searches for being made. there was also a challenge to dr. spitz' opinion. he was brought in by the defense, that the autopsy made on caylee's body was shoddy. so that's what
for that big deal, grand bargain, seem all but lost right now. now the hope is that congress can pass a dramatically scaled-back version before the country runs out of cash. taking his case public for the second time in a week, president obama accused republicans of failing to crops. >> the problem is members of congress are dug in ideologically into various positions because they boxed themselves in with previous statements. >> reporter: with the clock ticking towards what the president described as armageddon, the first financial default in american history, they hold out hope that a big deal could still be struck. >> but in order to do that we've got to get started now. that's why i'm expecting some answers from all the congressional leaders. and sometime in the next couple of days. >> reporter: for the first time, the president publicly said he's considering asking wealthier seniors in medicare to pay more out of pocket. today in his weekly address mr. obama suspended that stance. >> simply put, it will take a balanced approach, shared sacrifice, and a willingness to make unpopula
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? >>> plus our big city crowd has gone a bit country this morning for one of the hottest acts around. blake shelton. look at that crowd. the cma's male vocalist of the year takes over our summer concert stage in the 8:30 half-hour. >>> first let's begin with this fatal fall at a baseball game. kim fisher from kxas the nbc station in dallas is at the rangers ballpark in arlington. kim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. everyone out here is simply in shock over what happened here last night. it started off as a typical play. josh hamilton, snagged a foul ball, he went to toss it up into the stands. but it is what happened in the seconds after that that simply shocked everyone. 39-year-old shannon stone who had come to the game with his son, reached out to grab that ball and he fell over the railing. now some of the people who were around did try to grab him but they just couldn't do it as he fell over. he did fall 20 feet but what we understand is that he was coherent while he was down there talking with paramedics, asking about his son, making sure his son was okay. some of the f
the adrenaline kicked in. we all knew this was going to be big. ai journalists believed it was going to be bad news. we felt the jury hadn't deliberated that long. as we wait for the judge, it's deathly silent in there. everybody is in there but nobody is saying a word. we saw the defense team, the prosecution. jose baez was late to arrive. then casey anthony came in all eyes laser fixed on her. and you could see this was a terrified young woman. you could see she was trembling. you could see the emotion in her face. you saw cheney mason, jose baez get down on bended knee and get very close to her and start talking to her. then the judge comes in, then the jury comes in and then you heard the verdict. complete change of emotions then from what you saw, from abject fear to what was just pure elation. and there she was holding on to the hand of jose baez. once everything will be read, no other sound in the courtroom except the sobbing of an entire defense team. it was like they all let out this great sob at once, and then you saw the piling on as they all began hugging and holding on to one anot
and conservatives is to get their big political statement today, they believe there's time for that. the plan you just described allows them to say the real solution is cutting spending big now and changing how congress would work for years and years to come. the president knows it's not going to get to the desks, they said this would really force the government to not be able to spend on things like medicare, social security, prevent spending for future disasters, and they even renamed it. republicans call it cut, cap, and balance, the white house is calling it duck, dodge, and dismantle. >> on that note, let's talk about what the white house is doing behind the scenes. privately on sunday there was a meeting between the president and republican leaders, and it raises the specter is the quote on quote biggest deal possible actually still possible? >> reporter: both parties tell me they are still talking about that, trying to do something much bigger and would have a longer term result, but the short-term is really a plan that is getting a lot of attention quietly, negotiations going on, focussed
are still growing? coming up, the big business of children's gym memberships and the dangers of lifting too much weight too soon, matt. >>> let us begin on a tuesday morning with rupert murdoch, forced to answer some very difficult questions in parliament today. nbc's stephanie gosk is in london with a preview. stephanie, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. well, the questioning is set to begin in a couple of hours, just behind me. but ahead of the testimony, news corporation released a statement saying they take the allegations against "news of the world" seriously and are cooperating with authorities. but they reject any suggestion that what happened at the paper is somehow a reflection of the culture at the company. it is an unlikely faceoff. the head of the world's second largest media company, rupert murdoch, questioned by a small panel of british politicians over phone hacking at one of his papers. broadcast live, the world will be watching. >> i wouldn't underestimate. he's deceptively mild, but also extremely astute, as well. of and so he'll give, i think, probably
to swim the whole time in order to try to fight the current to get to finally what i called the big rock. it was a big island in the middle of this area about maybe 5 miles from where i started. >> and when you were discovered, were you still alone? how much time did you spend alone once you were finally out of the water? was there any chaos around you? try to describe the environment you were in. >> well, the environment to get to the big rock, first i was thrown into some huge boulders. and i felt my body crushing, so i had to jump out of there in order to keep from being knocked out or killed in the rocks. so i jumped to the other side, which was kind of a more smaller rocky beach area. and i asked the lord to give me a hand to get to the shore. and suddenly a big wave came over and i rolled with the wave in order to get to the shore. and i rolled again with the second wave and i rolled with the third and crawled to the beach. and i took my life vest off and posted it on the stick to notify people i was there. and i found a corner and i slept because i -- my body was totally exhausted
he is the big front runner when it comes to the money race. he's expected to announce somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 to $20 million in the first quarter in fundraising. that's not as much as he raised back in the 2008 period, but not too shabby for mitt romney. >>> thanks. a reminder for all the latest political news go to our website cnn politics.com. >>> let's celebrate the 4th a couple days together. we'll have beer and barbecue and hit the road. >> we'll be celebrating here at cnn. >> we're patriotic to our job. >> live from studio 7, i'm suzanne malveaux. >>> the case against former imf chief dominique strauss-kahn may be falling apart. he has a quickly called court hearing. that is happening in 30 minutes. sources say prosecutors will outline significant credibility issues with strauss-kahn's accuser, a maid claims that strauss-kahn sexually assaulted her six weeks ago in his new york hotel suite. >> even with dna evidence, the prosecution is considering dropping the case. that shows how bad her credibility may be, that even with dna evidence, they may not be able to
today in arizona after a big one there on tuesday in phoenix. we get more now from nbc's aditi roy. >> reporter: it looked like a scene right out of a disaster movie. but this massive dust storm that roared through parts of phoenix, tempe, and scottsdale, arizona, late tuesday was not a hollywood creation, it was a real life monster that caught many people by surprise. >> we were driving on the freeway and both of us at the same time said, what is that? and we pulled off the road and walked over here and just both just stared at it. >> this is as far as i got. i said i can't go any further. we pulled over to wait it out. >> reporter: the huge wall of dust reported to be some 50 miles wide was pushed by wind gusts of more than 60 miles an hour. instantly turning daytime into night. >> at one point visibility was down to about 25 yards. it was very dangerous situation across the city. >> reporter: the high winds toppled trees and power lines causing power outages throughout the area. low visibility led to flight delays into phoenix before the dust settled. aditi roy, nbc news, los an
failed to make its case. >> the prosecution did not prove their case. the big question that was not answered, how did caylee die? i think there was probably a lot of discussion of it being a horrific accident that dad and casey covered up. unfortunately, it did snowball and got away from them. >> jeff toobin, we've had this conversation before in high profile cases. does sunny have a point? one big trial i covered was the von bullough count. they tried to get seven counts. should they have taken one or two counts that they thought they had a stronger case on and focus there? >> it's not the number of counts, john. it's the death penalty. this was from the start not a case that cried out for the death penalty. there was so many holes in the evidence. where did she die? how did she die? what day did she die? none of this the prosecution knew. there were no eyewitnesses to the murder, as sunny said, the issue of motive was murky. in a lot of all that, some sort of accidental homicide would seem to have been a much more plausible theory. interestingly the alternate juror we
evidence, they may not be able to bring this case. it's a shocking, shocking development. >>> a big surprise in the casey anthony trial. prosecutors in orlando plan to call rebuttal witnesses today but instead, the judge called an indefinite recess, putting the trial on hold. that is because defense team has to take the deposition of one of the state's rebuttal witnesses. closing arguments set for tomorrow are now in doubt. >>> minnesota state government is closed for business today. the governor and lawmakers, they failed to close a $5 billion budget gap by the deadline. critical services remain open, but state parks, campgrounds, minnesota zoo, they are all shut down for the holiday weekend. >>> france may give weapons to libyan rebels holed up in misrata. they have surrounded the city on three sides for months now. russia immediately objected. such a move would violate the u.n. mandate for libya. >>> moammar gadhafi's daughter says no matter what happens her father is not going to walk away from his country or people. e her remarks came from an interview with french television. >
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